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Wessex Poems

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Thomas Hardy claimed that his first love had always been poetry, but it was not until the age of 58 that this first collection, written over a period of30 years, was published. Wessex was the "partly-real, partly-dream" county that formed the backdrop for most of Hardy's writings—named after an Anglo-Saxon kingdom and modeled on the real counties of Berkshire, Devon, ...more
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Published 1995 by Ryburn Publishing (first published 1898)
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Manik Sukoco
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Many reviewers were put off when Thomas Hardy published this, his first collection of poetry, late in 1898 and after swearing off fiction. If "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and "Jude the Obscure" offended them, "Wessex Poems" confused them - its style and diction seemed clumsy, and its themes did nothing to reassure them. And yet it includes a handful of the poems now acknowledged as among Hardy's best - including "Hap," which begins "If but some vengeful god"-- and announced the beginning of what ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good collection of poetry - I enjoyed many poems in this collection but I did have four favourites these were: The Burghers, Her Death and After, The Casterbridge Captains and Thoughts of Phena. I would highly recommend this poetry collection.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have a copy of Jude the Obscure waiting on my bookshelf, but aside from that this is my first contact with Thomas Hardy, and since I picked up a cheap Wordsworth collection of his poetry, I’ll be sure to dig into more. The star rating is a little frivolous when it comes to poetry. Even among ardent readers I doubt a poetry collection is likely to capture a reader’s passions with every poem. I enjoyed only a scant few poems in this collection, but I liked those well.

Hardy works with many forms
Ariana Evans
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These were great poems. Hardy has great dynamics!
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Channel Firing"

That night your great guns, unawares,
Shook all our coffins as we lay,
And broke the chancel window-squares,
We thought it was the Judgment-day

And sat upright. While drearisome
Arose the howl of wakened hounds:
The mouse let fall the altar-crumb,
The worms drew back into the mounds,

The glebe1 cow drooled. Till God called, “No;
It’s gunnery practise out at sea
Just as before you went below;
The world is as it used to be:

“And all nations striving strong to make
Red war yet redder. Mad as
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Thomas Hardy, OM, was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural. He regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain. The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi-fictional land of Wessex, delineates ...more
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